What's a "Research Article," anyway?
When scientists and other scholars want to make the results of their work public, they usually begin by publishing them in a scholarly journal such as New England Journal of Medicine, or Journal of Cell Biology. A research article is considered a primary source, since the authors are reporting the results from their original study. The kind of study may vary (it could have been an experiment, survey, interview, etc.), but in all cases, raw data has been collected and analyzed by the authors, and conclusions are drawn from the results of that analysis
What's in a Research Article?
Research articles are NOT good places to find:
Research articles ARE good for:
What's a "Review article," anyways?
A review article is a secondary source...it is written about other articles, and does not report original research of its own. Review articles are very important, as they draw upon the articles that they review to suggest new research directions, to strengthen support for existing theories and/or identify patterns among exising research studies. For student researchers, review articles provide a great overview of the exisiting literature on a topic. If you find a literature review that fits your topic, take a look at its references/works cited list for leads on other relevant articles and books!
Review Articles will teach you about:
How do I find a Review article?